What's running though my mind comes through in my walk / True feelings are shown by the way that I talk. ~MCA Adam Yauch 1964-2012

Thursday, November 09, 2006

It just keeps getting better.....

On Election Day, I was riding the high of knowing that the Democrats had taken the House. Last night, I not only got to do a happy dance for the resignation of Donald Rumsfeld, but also the fact that we took the Senate as well. Dubya's House of Cards is falling. For the first time in six years, I am starting to feel some hope for this Country again.

All this is a little bittersweet, because I would have liked to have seen Dr. Bob and Karl Williams win their races as well, but it just means that we still have work to do. I see it like this though....any time that I spent volunteering for the Johnson campaign was not time wasted simply because he did not win the election. The heart and hard work that Dr. Johnson put into this campaign, the pure will to put himself out there, not to be a politician or to get recognition, but to try to bring a change and to make a difference, makes it all worth it and I will do it all over again should he run again.

Now from here, we move along. It doesn't end here. Now is the time to remember that our elected leaders need to hear from us. With this election, our voice was heard that as a Nation, we aren't happy with how things were going, but just because the Democrats are in power doesn't mean that they won't need a proverbial foot in the ass from time to time should we start to feel that they aren't listening to us.

Our voice needs to continue to be heard.....

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Don't forget to vote.....

This a public service announcement from your local neighborhood witch. Please get out and vote today. If you don't vote, you don't have a voice. If you don't vote, I don't want to hear your bitching when things suck because quite honestly, if you didn't use your right to express your views through your vote, I don't want to hear it.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Johnson / McHugh Debate from 10/26/06

Sorry that I am posting this late, but better late than never. This is the Johnson / McHugh debate that took place in Massena on the 26th of October. Since I am embedding from Youtube, this debate is in 7 different clips.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Blessed Samhain to All


From celticspirit.org....

Samhain marks one of the two great doorways of the Celtic year, for the Celts divided the year into two seasons: the light and the dark, at Beltane on May 1st and Samhain on November 1st. Some believe that Samhain was the more important festival, marking the beginning of a whole new cycle, just as the Celtic day began at night. For it was understood that in dark silence comes whisperings of new beginnings, the stirring of the seed below the ground. Whereas Beltane welcomes in the summer with joyous celebrations at dawn, the most magically potent time of this festival is November Eve, the night of October 31st, known today of course, as Halloween.

Happy Halloween to all my muggle friends and a blessed Samhain to my magical ones!!!

My Samhain Altar














Our Samhain Pumpkins



Monday, October 30, 2006

8 days to go!!

I am not only adding another Bob Johnson ad, but I am adding Eliot Spitzer's "To Do List" ad. I believe that with these two men, as well as the others on the Democratic ticket, change in this country and state is possible. To much has happened in the last six years to want to keep things the way they are. Let's vote for change, not the status quo.

Also, as a public service announcement, I urge anyone that hasn't written a letter to the editor of the Watertown Daily Times (or the other newspapers in the 23rd Congressional District) to please do so. I am getting mine ready to send out.



Friday, October 27, 2006

11 days and counting......

New Bob Johnson ad......Let's vote for change!!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Election Day is only 12 days away!

I have been gone for a while because I have been busy with homeschooling and life in general, but since we are only 12 days away from Election Day, I wish to use the next few days to place some campaign ads from the Bob Johnson campaign to get his message more out there. I think Dr. Bob is the change we need in the North Country and the United States.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Make a comment to the Vice-Prez....go to jail!

Funny how this story never made the mainstream media....I researched this after my husband heard about it on a Canadian radio station and after searching on the Internet, only found it referred at this one source.

Criticizing Cheney to His Face Is Assault?

Monday, September 25, 2006

Jerry Falwell flapping his gums again.....

Well, I see that Jerry Falwell cannot keep his inflammatory and hate filled mouth shut. This time he seems to be comparing Hillary Clinton to the Devil and God as Republican.....

Hillary Clinton could outdraw the devil, Falwell says

Do people REALLY take this guy seriously??

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

An Open Letter to LitterBugs

Dear LitterBugs,

After picking up ANOTHER trash bag full of trash off of my front yard, I have this to say.

I am tired of you all using my front yard as a trash can. I am tired of having to pick up McDonald's wrappers, old lottery tickets, and beer bottles and cans. Just the other day I watched one of you throw a WHOLE fast food bag of trash out of your window. This is an all year thing and this year it seems worse.

Why do you all feel that this planet is your personal waste area? What the hell keeps you from holding onto your garbage until you can throw it away at home or at a gas station?

I am so tired of watching people trash the environment and blatantly disregard the fact that with every wrapper, with every plastic bottle thrown out of a car window, the problem gets bigger and the beauty of the area is spoiled. How many of us have seen a fence that has caught hundreds of plastic bags that are just thrown aside?

My rant might be a preaching to the choir, but I seriously am disgusted.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

In Honor of a Great Lady......

Ann Richards dies of complications of esophageal cancer at age 73.

She was a great lady and a champion for civil rights. She won me over with her "Poor George" comment at the 1988 Democratic Convention.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Study: Gulf War syndrome doesn't exist

Study: Gulf War syndrome doesn't exist.
Excuse my French, but what the hell kind of shit is this? Doesn't this stink like the Agent Orange fiasco, where for the longest time the government said that the Vietnam Vets were not affected by the chemical, yet when many of the vets died, they admitted the link?

So what's next? Letting the Gulf War vets go without benefits and let them die off slowly, then 20 years down the road (when the government won't have to shell out the money for so many claims because their dead) finally admit it?

What a shitty thing to do to our Vets!

Monday, September 11, 2006

Remembering September 11th, 2001


Has it already been five years? It doesn't seem so, does it? Sometimes it feels like yesterday for me and then other days it's like it was a million years ago. Today I know that I will sit back, when I have some quiet moments in my day, and will reflect on how I and this Nation felt that terrible day. I will light the candles on my altar and honor our lost, and pray for peace in this world. I will pray for tolerance and love. I will pray for the families. I will take my kids for a walk and look at the blue sky above and thank the Goddess that I have another opportunity to do so.

Change the Course of a Nation Event with Dr. Bob Johnson and Viggo Mortensen

My husband and I had the great opportunity to attend the "Change the Course of a Nation" event at the Partridge Berry Inn on Saturday. I cannot tell you how happy I was to see so many people at this event. This series of events will not only help the Johnson campaign financially, but has given him some much needed exposure in the 23rd District.

Dr. Johnson gave a great speech, as did Mr. Mortensen. What struck me the most about Viggo was how laid back he was. Very non-presumptuous, very human, remarkable quiet. It's so incredible to have his support in this campaign.

I knew this was a political event, so I put on my best professional face and was lucky to shake Viggo's hand and tell him how incredibly awesome it was that he was supporting Dr. Johnson.



I still think I may have blushed a little though....I mean, yes it is a political event, but this is still Viggo, ok?

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Thanks to the Danger Democrats Blog....

For the link to the Keith Olberman commentary on the Donald Rumsfeld speech that got me so riled up yesterday. The commentary can be found here at Crooks and Liars.

Nicotine Up Sharply In Many Cigarettes


Nicotine Up Sharply In Many Cigarettes

As the spouse of someone that has struggled with smoking and quitting for years, this article pisses me off. I do not know what it is like to quit smoking, having never been addicted to it and I will admit that I have lost patience with my husband in the past when his attempts to quit have failed. I am not here saying that smokers have no part in their own addiction, but what part does the tobacco companies that manufacture these death sticks have in the failure of those trying to quit, thus staying addicted?

What good does it do for a tobacco company like Philip Morris to have a website on quitting smoking when some of their brands are the worst offenders? The tobacco companies have so many politicians in their pockets, they think they are beyond accountability. I think that's bullshit.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

The Seattle Times: Nation & World: Rumsfeld: Bush critics similar to Nazi appeasers

The Seattle Times: Nation & World: Rumsfeld: Bush critics similar to Nazi appeasers

Funny that Rumsfeld would say that Bush critics are similar to Nazi appeasers when many of those same critics compare Bush to Hitler himself.

Rumsfeld is one of the most toxic components of this Administration. He uses fear and evokes images of the most vile parts of history to try to make his point. He accuses others of being on the wrong side of history, when he in fact has learned nothing from our past. To accuse critics of Bush of "blaming America first", he has also continued the "to question the policy means you are not a true American" thought process.

His speeches might convince the simple-minded, but they don't convince the majority of the American people.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

I am worried about my tomatoes....

Here it is, August 29th, and I still have no ripe tomatoes. This is the first year that this has happened to me. What's boggling my mind is that I started these plants in February on Imbolc because we have such a short growing season up here. While the peppers that I also started that day did very well, the tomatoes ended up very leggy by the time we planted them in the garden Memorial Day weekend, our traditional garden set up time. With this lesson, I know now not to start my seeds until Beltane.

I am growing two heirloom variety tomatoes, Mortgage Lifter and Brandywine, and the plants are at least 6 feet tall. The plants are pretty impressive looking, yet when they first sprouted their first flowers in June, we were dismayed when all the flowers fell off with no fruit left behind. They finally sprouted some more flowers in July and the fruit developed. Problem is, these varieties of tomatoes produce large beefsteak sized fruits. I now have quite a bit of these large green tomatoes on the plants. I fear that it will be too late in the year for them to ripen before it gets cold and the plants start to wither.

Unfortunately, I noticed one of my bigger tomatoes looking like it was rotting from the inside out (see below)....not ripening, rotting. Besides the fact that I started these plants too early, I also wonder if our wet, fairly cool summer had something to do with it. Maybe it was just not warm enough to support the large variety of tomatoes. Hmmmm...(scratching my head).

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Did anyone see the Watertown Daily Times - Letters to the Editor today?

Wow...was the Letters to the Editor section of the paper chock full of LaBouf today. Yesterday there were quite a few from the local area, but today all but one were from all around the country. California, Massachusetts, Texas, Washington, Connecticut...and not a one of them positive. It almost negated the one "thank you, Rev. LaBouf" letter that was there yesterday.

I bet a few of my readers are wondering why I have such a problem with all this as to post on it as much as I have. Well, let me tell you. Believe it or not, I was once a part of the Baptist church and am well aware of some of it's tendency to try to keep women silent.

I was raised by a mother who practiced Indigenous religions as well as came from a family that was predominantly Catholic. I gravitated to the Baptist church when I lived down South because I imagine I was searching for something different. After being with the Church for a while, I started to see the things that made me leave. I remember being appalled when I learned that I could not state my opinion in church business meetings because I was a woman. I remember the sermons of a "woman's place" and the "virtuous woman" and felt that I never measured up. I also remember the intolerance that this particular denomination had for other religions, such as their belief that they were the only true way to Heaven and without Salvation, all others would burn regardless of how kind and just the person was.

I actually felt less of person when I was with the Baptist church than I ever did before and I left. I ended up coming back full circle to the earth-center base of my mother's religious choice although hers is more Native American based while mine is Wicca-based. I no longer will prescribe to a religion that tells me that I am worthless in comparison to a man nor will I believe that the God/dess is a vengeful entity that just waits for us to mess up so he/she can slap us down.

And with that, I am done with this topic.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

President Bush is the Fashion Police....


I have always liked the work of Anne Talneas. She manages to put the arrogance and audacity of this administration into one cartoon panel at a time.

This cartoon relates to a rude exchange that President Bush had with reporter Ken Herman. Ken took it in stride and continued to grill President Bush on foreign policy. This is nothing new for President Bush. Seems he likes to get nasty when he doesn't have anything to back up his bogus positions. His little digs at the reporters just continues to show him for the little man that he is.

Besides, I think Mr. Herman looked good in the seersucker suit. Not many can pull it off....


Hey! Respect the suit......!

Monday, August 21, 2006

I should thank Rev. LaBouf....

As of this moment, my blog has had 178 page views, most of them from people around the country Google searching "Timothy LaBouf". That's the most views I think I have ever had in a single day either here or on my old blog at Bravejournal. I noticed in the blogosphere that quite a few bloggers have picked this up also.

Who knew there would be such an interest in little ole' Watertown and it's preacher man.....?

It's gone National....the LaBouf Saga

I am often left to wonder if the Rev. Tim LaBouf ever dreamed of having his face and name in the National News. Most likely by being a big shot preacher man or politician. I don't suppose that he ever imagined this. Not only has the story made CNN, MSN, and Fox News, a Google News search shows no less that 142 related articles on the issue from newspapers all over the country. Newjunky.com even has posted a link to Paul Harvey's Radio Show!

Seems you have touched a nerve, Rev. LaBouf, but don't worry....I am sure some Fundies will come out of the woodwork to back you up....

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Newzjunky.com :: City Councilman Rev. Timothy LaBouf

Well, Rev. Tim LaBouf has finally made a statement and what a long-winded one it is. It still sounds a lot like "it's our way or the highway" when it comes to listening to the concerns of the members of that church. Maybe it's me, but is seems like he skirted around how he truly believes on the issue of a "women's place". I mean to state that Mary Corriveau does a fantastic job or that one has acquaintances that are female business leaders doesn't say anything about if one feels that a woman shouldn't be in a position to teach a man.

Well, I will just post Rev. LaBouf's statement as well as the First Baptist's Church's statement and you can make your own opinion.

Newzjunky.com :: City Councilman Rev. Timothy LaBouf

Newzjunky.com :: First Baptist Church

It just seems to me that there is an attempt to vilify Ms. Lambert and the members of the Church that dare to question the "mechanisms".....just my opinion.



Reminds me of this little guy....


RESPECT MAH AUTHORITAH!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Sunday School Teacher Dismissed Because She's A Woman?

WWNY
Even if it wasn't because she is a woman, it's a pretty shitty thing to do to someone after so many years.

This was one of the reasons I gravitated towards the Wiccan faith. Any religion that tries to make people subservient is not ok in my book. I am sick to death of churches using that story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden as an excuse to view women as inherently evil, immoral, or less than a man. I don't care if it is some book, even if that book is the Bible. I don't view the Bible as the problem, I view the people reading and interpreting it as the problem.

Looks like another example of a holier-than-thou attitude to me......

Watertown Farmer's Market



I always love going to the Farmer's Market on Washington Street in Watertown. Not only does one have access to all the fresh fruits and veggies there, but there is also a variety of miscellaneous crafts and wares. Add to it the guy with the guitar singing songs and it's quite the atmosphere.


I was able to get some nice red potatoes, gorgeous tomatoes, and some sweet corn that I made for this evening's supper. Each of my boys got a treat with one choosing cotton candy and the other buying a Whoopie Pie. All for under $11 dollars...can't beat that!

Here are some photos from our day at the Market. The Living Museum at Thompson Park had their turtles out and there was a pony in a pen.

Oooo, does this mean I am being watched....

Just wanted to send a shout out to the peeps at the Information Resources Management Administration, who not only checked out my blog, but Blogger profile as well.

Hmm, if I haven't already, maybe I finally made that seditionists list....

But that would be paranoid thinking, wouldn't it....

Monday, August 14, 2006

AP Wire | 08/14/2006 | Lamont surprised by tone of attacks


AP Wire 08/14/2006 Lamont surprised by tone of attacks
I see the mindgames of fear continue. I would imagine that might be the reason Lieberman lost his voter base. I mean, when you start to sound like Dick Cheney, you should KNOW you're in trouble.

To paraphrase them both:
"You know, if you don't lock step with us, the terrorist win....."



Photo Credit: The Propaganda Remix Project

Saturday, August 12, 2006

NEWSWATCH 50 || WWTI Watertown - Dr. Bob: Rep. McHugh has lost touch with his district

NEWSWATCH 50 WWTI Watertown - Dr. Bob: Rep. McHugh has lost touch with his district

This was Dr. Bob Johnson's response to a comment made by Rep. John McHugh's campaign spokesperson regarding Viggo Mortensen's endorsement of Dr. Johnson.

I think the McHugh campaign would be quite surprised by the supporters Dr. Johnson actually has here in the North Country. Guess we will see on election day, won't we?

Friday, August 11, 2006

Simply Recipes: Mom's Summer Squash Recipe

I found this recipe online yesterday and prepared it for my family. Since this is summer squash season, I thought I would share this excellent recipe. I didn't add the cheese, but we didn't miss it. If it's any indication, my 13 year old ate every bit of his up.....


Simply Recipes: Mom's Summer Squash Recipe

Dining Room update

We are at a stand still today because last night we ran out of flooring for the dining room. Since we only had bought enough for the living room, which is slightly smaller, we knew that we would eventually run out. It's looking good and I can't wait to get it finished. Even not completely done, it is still a great improvement over the mold carpet from hell that was in here before (see "A holy crap Moment in the floor project" post).

Our walls are another issue. As I have mentioned before, when we bought the house, we found that the previous owner was a not-so-handy handyman. The walls in this room are textured, but not uniformly. There are spots that are smooth and parts that are thick with it. There are actually marks where you can see the wake of the trough used.

Yesterday, I took the last of the barn wood that decorated this room out and gladly brought it to the fire pit out back. When we moved in in 1999, one of our first projects was to take the barn wood that covered all four walls of this room out, because it made it too dark. Behind the wood we found stripes of black spray paint, apparently put there so one wouldn't see the white of the walls through the barn wood (see photo). We are just now taking the last of it down in this room because we weren't sure what we would find behind the walls. We found out yesterday that in the far corner, there is nothing but studs.

We have decided that we are going to sheetrock the entire room before we go through the hassle of trying to deal with the texture and the damage to the walls caused by the removal of the barn wood.


Alas, the barn wood saga is not over.....our bedroom is done up on one side in barn wood, loving cemented in place with foam caulking.


To be continued......(cue creepy music)

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Let me introduce.....

.....the feline members of the household. I couldn't imagine not having pets and I am definitely more of a cat person. Now, I like dogs, don't get me wrong, but I prefer cats as pets. They are less of a hassle, more independent, and when you go away, you don't tend to worry too much that your house will be trashed.



This is the grand dame...Miss Kitty. I know, not the most original name, but her name fits her attitude. She came to us as a stray in Winter 1998 on one of the coldest days of the year. She had taken up shelter under our grill (with the plastic cover). We fed her and brought her in because we knew she would freeze to death outside. We came to the conclusion that she was once someones pet because of her temperament. Even when my littlest son picked her up by her back fur, she never scratch or spit. Why someone would dump a cat like her is beyond me, but we won out because of it. I call her my "witches cat" because every time I do any Wiccan rituals, she is there at the light of an incense stick. She's also a catnip fiend and has been known to eat a catnip plant to a nub in the ground.


This little bundle is Jennifer. We got her at the SPCA in the Summer of 2004 for my son. She is 6 pounds of pure brat. She likes to force herself into the food bowl, try to bogart treats by honing in on Miss Kitty's after she has eaten hers, and can frequently be seen skulking around in the bushes for the opportunity to jump on Miss Kitty's head. She is, however, quite sweet when she wants to be. She has yet to really one up Miss Kitty though because even with all her jumping and sneaking, Miss Kitty usually slaps her down with one swipe of her 6 toed paw.

This two give us constant amusement and only a few headaches.

So sorry, Joe....

Ok...not really!

CNN - Democratic leadership quickly backs Lamont

I am not sorry to see that Joe lose his primary. When you fall in line with Republican values that limit the rights of others and support a war that most Americans disagree with, then you tend to lose your Democratic voters. It also didn't surprise me to see the Democratic leadership scramble over to Lamont, after soapboxing for Lieberman in the race. It's like "So sorry, Joe........Hey there, Lamont....BUDDY!" in a single breath.

As an Independent myself, I am not too hopeful for Joe's chances in that ticket either. I think the voters are looking for new blood....like Lamont and like our own Dr. Robert Johnson.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Danger Democrats!: ITS OFFICIAL--VIGGO IS COMING

From Danger Democrats: Viggo Mortensen is coming to the North Country to support Dr. Bob!!

Dr. Robert Johnson is our Democratic candidate for NY's 23rd Congressional District against John McHugh. This is Dr. Johnson's second run for the seat. I have met Dr. Bob and worked some on his campaign. He is a great person and cares for the issues facing the North Country. More information on Dr. Johnson and his campaign can be found at Dr. Robert Johnson - NY 23rd U.S. Congressional District.

Danger Democrats!: ITS OFFICIAL--VIGGO IS COMING

Monday, August 07, 2006

A holy crap moment in the floor project.....

The good news is that so far the sub-flooring looks pretty level save for a crack in the concrete that sets down a quarter of an inch or so. Hopefully having said that, I have not damned myself for disappointment when I uncover the rest of the floor tonight and tomorrow.

Here's the holy crap moment....when I was rolling up the old carpet to take outside, I was appalled by what I saw. It looks like mold was living in my carpet!!!! No wonder my youngest would end up hacking up a lung when he and my husband used to wrestle around on the floor.
Isn't it hideous? I swear, my goal is to make sure I have not one bit of carpet in my house when I am done with it!!

I am delighted to say that this room already smells cleaner because I pulled up the part of the carpet that apparently was holding a cat pee smell.

Now you all probably think we living in a nasty, dirty house, but we don't. I happen to have a very spoiled kitty that refuses to use a litter box once another cat uses it. When we brought home our second cat, Jenny, Miss Kitty would not use the communal litter box again. She chooses to go outside, but if she doesn't get out enough, she will use the floor, even with a perfectly good litter box.....go figure.

More home improvement.....


As anyone that knows me will tell you, my house is a constant home improvement project. We bought this house in 1999 and to my knowledge, it is about 60 years old with some add ons later put on. As much as I love the property that it is on (3/4 acre with old growth maple), I am not completely in love with the house. The biggest think it needs is a new roof, but since we can't financially swing it right now, we do what we can. Every project is an adventure because we have inherited a house from someone that thought he was a handyman and wasn't. In fact, I don't think we have a square corner in our house, but it is home and we make the best of it. In the past we have completely redone the kitchen and improved the bathroom (more improvements planned in the fall).



We are on our next stage of home improvement as we are now starting our dining room floor project. Having found that the laminate flooring did not work in the living room, we decided to use it in the dining room. The carpet in this room came with the house, so I can't say how old it is. It's old though, and brown...yeck! So, starting today, we are removing some furniture, cutting up the carpet, and will start laying the floor.

Fingers crossed that the sub-floor is not the uneven disaster the living room was.

Speaking of the living room....as much as I love my new ceramic tile floor, I am not too thrilled about the mushroom colored grout that we used. It get too dirty, too fast. I think we may regrout it chocolate colored.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Neat thing I saw today....


At around noon today in front of my home, my family saw something we rarely see on this road. It was a girl on a horse followed by a horse drawn wagon. I took this photo, but wish I was able to take a better one, as they were already passed our house by the time I got back out with my camera.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Quite the scorcher today...

We had our hottest day of the summer today! It is now 6:30 pm and it is still 90 degrees with a heat index of 100. We were fortunate for two reasons. 1) We have a nice shaded yard with a pool and 2) my husband is off of work this week so he didn't have to be traveling the North Country in our truck, thus being able to use said pool. It felt very nice here, but out and about the heat index was up to 107 degrees. Quite hot for Northern NY, to say the least. I would imagine we broke a record today!

I think a night swim will be in order tonight.

Friday, July 28, 2006

It's a new floor, baby!!


Well, it took us about 5 times longer than we thought with 3 extra bags of mortar and 1 extra bag of grout to get it here, but we now have a new ceramic tile floor in our living room. Since we are not professionals, it it not perfect, but well worth the effort. Now maybe my elbows will heal up.

I will post another picture when the living room is organized back the way it should be and the trim is back up. I will have to mop this floor a few more times until it shines.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Good for you, Lance Bass!

Lance Bass Admits He is Gay

I was never a real big fan of *NSYNC, but I always have to give kudos to anyone that liberates themselves by embracing and admitting who and what they are.

This above all:
To thine own self, be true,
for it must follow as dost the night the day
that canst not then be false to any man.

--Shakespeare (inspired by Socrates)

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Ouch, my elbows hurt!

We have been busy working thoughout the week mudding and painting, and this weekend we FINALLY finished our living room walls. They are now a beautiful shade of desert sand.

Now, we are laying the tile floor. If anyone remembers my previous blog, you know that we replaced our nasty, ancient living room carpet for wood laminate. It's a shame, but the living room subfloor, with all it's dips and valleys, just didn't work well with the laminate. We have taken that floor back up and will put it in our dining room.

With all this work, I seem to have a touch of tendonitis in BOTH elbows, hence the name of this post.

Mitch Albom's Take on the Stem Cell Veto

This morning, while reading my morning news on Newzjunky, I came across this editorial by Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press on the stem cell veto. It's a great take on how stubborn Dubya is on this issue.

MITCH ALBOM: Bush's stem cell veto: Whom does it save?

Friday, July 21, 2006

Home Improving

I come to you on this beautiful Friday afternoon in the North Country spattered in white primer paint and wearing a band-aid on my toe. Yes, I am working on my house again. Over the course of the week, my oldest son and I have painted our doors in brilliant colors as well as mudding our new drywall sheets.

I have realized a few things.

1) Apparently, I do ok on mudding drywall except in a spot where it is REALLY noticeable when I do mess up. The seam really didn't look bad at first, but after that first coat of primer, I knew I was in trouble. After a brief instance of thinking I might be able to cover it with a picture, I came to the conclusion that there isn't a picture made that can cover a visible ceiling to floor seam. So I guess it is off to Home Depot for another tub of mud.

2) Painting ceilings is hard work, especially when said ceilings are textured, hence the splatter.

3) I am accident prone when I do home improvement. I have almost tripped over wires at least 5 times, but the kicker was when I almost fell into an uncovered floor register for the second time. This was after having fallen in once, thus the band-aid. The register has since been replaced...LOL.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Bush Vetos Stem Cell Bill

Bush Vetoes Stem Cell Bill

No real surprise for Dubya has been threatening the veto even since this bill started it way through. Nice photo op with the kids, eh?

I wish Bush had as much concern for the value of life for those that are already born, mainly the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, or the poor and uninsured, or all the individuals that could benefit from stem cell research.

Not a chance. Dubya will just continue to have concern on issues that benefit him the most, making him look like the morally just person that he is not.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Oops!! Was that the thermostat wire?

We spent the better part of the day hanging sheet rock in our living room and hallway. The last thing I heard him say before he asked the question that became the title of this post was "Do we have a phone jack back here?" I said no, I heard a snip of the Leatherman, then the oops.

Good thing my husband knows how to splice wire. :)

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Taking it in baby steps - House Cleaning

I used to Spring Clean and spend my weekends doing it. This past year, however, I never got around to Spring Cleaning due to our homeschool schedule and the need to relax and chill on the weekends. Since we are on summer break, I find that I am able to get to what I didn't in the Spring.....but I am doing it in baby steps.

Call it the allure of our new pool or the fact that my youngest is now riding a bike, thus allowing us to go on family bike rides now, but I still don't wish to spend a day Spring Cleaning so I have devised this plan to do a little everyday. Yesterday, I cleaned off all the shelves and the area around our microwave (our near-the-door-catch-all-spot). Today, I cleaned out the cabinets, lazy susan, and the top of the refrigerator. Tomorrow, I will find something else to do.

Why am I boring you all with this? Because I am relaying it as a tip to get things done without taking much of the day up doing it. I would rather play with my kids than clean and if it doesn't get done all at once, who cares right?

Wow...I have much to learn!

My old blog was pretty easy to customize, but it looks like I need to reteach myself html codes for this one. It took me quite a while to get my link to work for my art-agent.com page, but eventally I figured it out. Ahhh, the wonders of html.....have one extra character and poof!

When I have more time, I will bring over the links from my other page, so please bear with me.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Welcome to the new home of Aimless Wanderings of a Fretful Mind

I have decided to move my blog over to a new place. As the name entails, just about anything will end up here. I have left the old Aimless Wanderings blog (wiccadragonfly.bravejournal.com) up in case anyone wishes to view previous posts.